LGBTQ Community

The University of Iowa values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for students from every background. This is an overview of programs, student groups, and resources that will support and inspire you throughout your Iowa experience.

The LGBT Resource Center

Your home away from home, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center provides a supportive and inclusive environment and programs that empower students, faculty, staff, and community members to excel in their endeavors, stretch themselves to experience diversity, engage in activism, make positive choices, and serve their community.

Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE)

The CDE sponsors social and academic events throughout the school year and offers guidance on scholarships and financial aid, academic development, student involvement, and just about every other aspect of campus life.

Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI)

The Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI) serves graduate students who are historically under-represented academically to provide information, networking, liaison support, counseling and access as a supportive community while they are pursuing a graduate degree. 

Student organizations and campus groups

The University of Iowa boasts nearly 500 student organizations, including some specifically for LGBTQ students.


Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union (GLBTAU)


MEDIQS, LGBT group for students in the UI Carver College of Medicine

The Outlaws, LGBT group for students in the UI College of Law



Queer Connections

Scholarships and financial aid

More than 90 percent of Iowa students receive some form of financial aid, and there are two awards - the Robert D. Dockendorff and Rainbow scholarships - reserved for students active in the LGBT community.

LGBTQ Safe Zone Project

A campus-wide program that offers a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the university community.

Faculty and Staff Organizations

LGBTSFA Association

Did you know?

Founded in 1970, the University of Iowa's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union is the oldest state-university-recognized and continuously funded group of its kind in the United States.

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